Visual Studio Express

Try out Visual Studio Community for a fully-featured and extensible IDE; An updated alternative to Visual Studio Express.
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Visual Studio 2017 is now available

Customized installer
Develop for WPF, WinForms, ASP.NET, Universal Windows Platform, Win32, Android, iOS, and many more platforms all from one IDE with everything you need.
Get to coding faster
With faster project load times and performance improvements, you can get to working faster with your favorite languages such as C/C++, C#, Visual Basic, F#, Python, and more.
Improved productivity
Code editing, navigation, and debugging are made easier with features like XAML Edit & Continue, improved IntelliSense, enhanced code refactoring, live code analysis, and the ability to open any folder without needing projects or solutions.
Modern Web
Tap into modern web development with JavaScript, ASP.NET, Python, and more with powerful coding tools like rich IntelliSense completions, first class debugging, and performance profilers.
Build for Windows
Create apps and games for Windows using powerful new platform features like UI analysis and debugging, Windows 10 mobile emulators, DirectX graphics tools.
Vibrant ecosystem
Access to thousands of extensions that Express lacks, such as GitHub Extension, Resharper, Visual Assist. And Web Essentials.

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Individual Developer

Visual Studio Community is designed with everything you need in one place to create your next application.

Student or Teacher

Visual Studio Community provides the tools you need to build a game, design an app, launch a project, or teach a class.

Open Source Contributor

Visual Studio Community includes a rich set of tools for open-source software development.

Academic Researcher

Visual Studio Community is offered at no cost for you to advance your research.

Large Business

Visual Studio Professional provides comprehensive tools and services for designing, building, and managing complex enterprise applications.

Small Organization

Visual Studio Community is best suited for you if you work in a small team of less than six developers. Learn more about the Visual Studio Community license terms here.

Still want Visual Studio Express?

Supports building managed and native desktop applications.*
Supports the creation of desktop applications for Windows.
Create standards-based, responsive websites, web APIs, or real-time online experiences using ASP.NET.
Provides the core tools for building compelling, innovative apps for Universal Windows Platform. Windows is required.
Source-code-control, project management, and team-collaboration platform.
*Visual Studio Express 2017 (preview) is available for Windows Desktop developers. This will be the final version of Visual Studio Express, and there will not be a UWP or Web offering of Visual Studio Express 2017. We encourage all users to look at the free development options offered by Microsoft such as Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio Community for future development needs.

Fully-featured IDE for students, open-source and individual developers

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Professional developer tools, services, and subscription benefits for small teams

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End-to-end solution to meet demanding quality and scale needs of teams of all sizes

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